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Ken Nash and Mimi RosenbergBuilding Bridges: Preventable Deaths: The Texas Explosion; 112 Bangladesh Garment Workers Burned To Death

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Building Bridges over WBAI radio, 99.5FM
with Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash
Mon., April 22, 2013, 7 - 8 pm EST
Preventable Deaths: The Texas Explosion
& The Tragedy Of Workplace Fatalities
Tom O'Connor, Dir., Ntl. Council for Occupational Safety & Health

The latest work place tragedy, the explosion last Wednesday at
Texasâ chemical and fertilizer plant left at least 14 people dead and
more that 160 injured. In the last year, on average 4,500 people died
in workplace accidents. But, while the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA) has jurisdiction over 7 million
workplaces the U.S. spent only $558 million a year on OSHA, as
increasing numbers of workers died. With a gutted agency itâs not
uncommon for some companies to go years without inspection.
The Texas plant hadnât been inspected since 1985 and even then
despite being cited for serious violations for storage of anhydrous
ammonia was fined a mere $30.
112 Bangladesh Garment Workers Burned To Death Sewing For Disney
Wal-Mart, Sears, But, Now Surviving Workers Tell Them Never Again
Kalpona Atkar, Ex. Dir., Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity
Sumi, Abedin, Tazreen factory fire survivor, Bangladesh

Wal-Mart, and other Western retailers continue to refuse to improve
factory conditions in Bangladesh and take responsibility for their
suppliers in the Tazreen factory, where 112 garment workers died and
others were gravely injured in a fire this past November. Labor-rights
groups say about 700 workers have died since 2005 at factories in
Bangladesh, which is the worldâs second-largest apparel exporter after
China. Tazreen fire survivor Sumi Abedin, who broke an arm and leg and
suffered a head injury after jumping out of a third-story window to survive
and Kalpona Akter have come to the U.S. to visit Wal-Mart headquarters
in Bentonville, Arkansas and deliver a petition urging the company to
attend a meeting to be convened in Geneva to help improve worker safety.
Akter also a survivor of a 1990 factory fire in Bangladesh, appealed at the
retailerâs annual shareholder meeting for Wal-Mart to publish its factory
audit reports. The workers-rights advocates are petitioning companies to
sign a contractually enforceable memorandum that would require them to
pay Bangladesh factories enough to cover costs of safety improvements.
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This audio is part of the collection: Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
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Artist/Composer: Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
Keywords: Tom O'Connor; Dir.; Ntl. Council for Occupational Safety & Health; Sophia Henderson Holmes; poet; Texas Fertilizer plant explosion; Triangle Fire; OSHA; Bangladesh Garment Workers Fire; Kalpona Atkar; Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity

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